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Thursday, July 21st 2011

Outerwear that Makes a Statement

With the heat wave currently taking a tour across most of the US, it’s hard to think about bundling up in wool and cashmere. But ponder the outerwear we will today, so crank up the AC and let’s look at some coats.

Classic Camel
Camel came back in a big way last fall, and it’s not going gentle into the abyss of trends that once were. It’s a timeless neutral, darn it, and it feels rich and elegant season after season. 3.1 Phillip Lim (pictured), Rag & Bone, and See by Chloé have put some luxe options on the pre-fall table.

Short Volume
I personally favor a longer coat for the dead of winter, but for the months leading up to January’s bitterness, a shorter jacket with a funky play on volume is unexpected and chic. Alexander Wang took a preppy double-breasted style downtown, and this Vince jacket has the makings of an heirloom piece.

Bold Color
Have you worn a variation on the same black felt coat for years? Time to branch out into bold color. Phillip Lim (who is clearly king of outerwear this season) has a pumpkin rendition that blends retro and modern, and DVF did up a shade of light-bright blue (pictured) that is simply gorgeous.


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